Friday, December 14, 2012

A Few of My Favorite Things

Favorite Things Party 2012

Today the Nester is having a Favorite Things party. We're linking up to share some of our favorite things that are under $15.00. I am sharing five of my favorite things, two of which are just fun and comforting, and three of which have been very helpful to me as I face life with a disabling chronic illness. If I could send a care package to all of my friends who live with a chronic illness, are facing some other kind of difficult diagnosis, or are going through hard trials, this is what I would send:
Gracie China teacups
There is something special about drinking out of pretty china teacups. Tea served in a fancy cup says, "you are special!" There are some very expensive teacups out there, but Gracie China is very reasonably priced. These particular teacups and saucers, Gracie China Rose Chintz, are sold as a set of two (one for you, one for a friend) for $15.17. That still counts as under $15 since you get two for that price, right?
Pomegranate Pizzazz herbal tea
This pomegranate tea from Bigelow is my very favorite herbal tea.  When we lived in the south I could find it at Wal-Mart for about $3.00 a box. We haven't seen it in stores here in Minnesota, so I bought some on Amazon.

When God Weeps by Joni Eareckson Tada and Steve Estes

If you have been reading here on Cranberry Tea Time for very long, you've already seen me mention When God Weeps by Joni Eareckson Tada and Steve Estes. It is one of my very favorite books and an excellent resource for anyone who is suffering or counselling someone who is suffering. It is currently $10.39 on Amazon.

Heaven by Randy Alcorn

I don't think I have ever mentioned Heaven by Randy Alcorn here on my blog before, but this is another one of my favorite books. Learning more about Heaven and gaining an eternal perspective has increased my joy here and now. It has made it so much easier to let go of dreams for this life as I look forward to the life to come. After the Bible, Heaven and When God Weeps have been the most helpful to me in my Christian life as I learn to live well with a chronic illness. The list price for Heaven is $24.99, but you can currently buy it for $14.99 on They always have Randy Alcorn's books on sale.

The music of Keith and Kristyn Getty has been such a blessing to me. The songs are beautiful, and the lyrics are deep and meaningful, full of good theology. On days when I am too weak and tired to read or watch tv, lying still and listening to their music is enjoyable and encouraging. Awaken the Dawn is my favorite album, and it is available for $13.99 at You can also find their music on amazon.

So there you have it, 5 of my favorite things for under $15.00.  But wait! I have a giveaway too! I would like to give one of you a box of my favorite pomegranate tea mentioned above. To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment telling me one of your favorite things. A winner will be chosen on Monday, December 17th.


  1. Hi Rachel!  Hmm... a favorite thing?  I currently love
    Kroger Private Selection - Black Raspberry Dark Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream.  :)  But, maybe it's because I'm pregnant.  I think it's pretty amazing!

  2. Thinking of my favorites... I do like snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes, but I love the first bite of peanut butter out of a new container, a good cup of coffee while watching my kids play, visits with mom, hearing dad say "fantastic" about everything, cuddling with my husband and tired kids, nursing my baby, finding something pretty for really really cheap, decorating for Christmas, I couldn't list just one as I could go on and on!!  

  3. Those are good favorites!  I love that you could go on and on about favorites.  It's good to have a happy and thankful heart!


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